Jonathan Wilkins. Photo by Brian Chilson.
ROLLIN' ON THE RIVER
10 p.m., Arkansas Queen. $15.
The booze cruise is back again. After successful outings with Afrobeat/funk standouts Velvet Kente and Eclipse Glasses and, a few weeks later, jazz standouts Rodney Block and J. White, the Arkansas Queen inaugurates its fall music cruise season with a nice selection of local rock 'n' roll. The See is Little Rock's favorite new band. The three-piece specializes in an unironic, anthemic brand of indie-rock that usually inspires fist pumping. Local trio Big Boots, featuring former Sugar and the Raw members Mason Maudlin (vocals, guitar) and Michael Motley (drums) and former Grand Serenade member Trevor Ware (bass), blends Radiohead-style experimentation with Southern pop-rock. Jonathan Wilkins, backed by a full band, writes confessional and confrontational songs that sound really good loud. There'll be a DJ on the upper deck, too. If this cruise is like earlier ones, it'll sell out in advance. Tickets are available by calling the boat's box office at 372-5777 or at the Station Deli or the House.